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Superannuation - Top White Papers of 2017

The Top 14 Superannuation Papers of 2017

That's not a funding ratio… This is a funding ratio!  Join us as we boomerang back through 2017 for a look at the top Australian superannuation papers submitted this year.

Below we list our top superannuation papers of 2017 - a mixture of the Savvy Awards winners and a few other beauties.
Savvy Investor

WINNER: The Australian Superannuation Industry (ASFA)
The Australian superannuation industry has over $2.2 trillion in assets, making it one of the largest retirement savings pools anywhere on earth. This 42-page report provides an overview of the industry, as well as current trends.

COMMENDED: Australia: State of the Asset Management Industry (FSC/UBS AM)
An overview of the Australian asset management industry is presented herein, including key info on areas such as life insurance, superannuation, funds management, and financial advice.

COMMENDED: Future Fund and Willis Towers Watson 2017 Asset Owner Study
This study was commissioned by Future Fund, the Australian sovereign wealth fund. It aims to compare best practices across prominent asset owner funds with reference to benchmarks.

COMMENDED: How Australia Saves 2017: A report on superannuation data (Vanguard)
Vanguard and Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest multi-industry superannuation funds, have jointly produced this 57-page report, focusing on the experiences and behaviours of members in the superannuation system.

COMMENDED: What technology-based engagement tools are working for the super industry? (Willis Towers Watson)
This 19-page report by Willis Towers Watson presents the findings of a recent survey which shows that use of digital technology by super funds is on the rise. Funds are increasingly using new technologies and refining existing ones.

Global Pensions Asset Study 2017 (Willis Towers Watson)
The 2017 Global Pensions Asset Study covers 22 major pension markets, which total USD 36,435 billion in pension assets. A deeper analysis was performed for seven of these markets, which together compose 91.7% of total assets.

Growth Readiness for Asset Owners: The Power of Asset Intelligence (State Street)
How can institutional investors be more successful in protecting and growing the assets that have been entrusted to them? State Street identifies key areas that asset owners should prioritize to strengthen their growth strategies.

Broken Promises: The Coming Global Pension Crisis (RWC)
Ian Lance looks at the extent to which different types of pensions across the globe are underfunded, the factors that led to this situation, and the potential implications dealing with the shortfall. This could have a deflationary impact.

A Primer for Trustees: Investment Committee Responsibilities (CFA Institute)
The CFA Institute Research Foundation provides a comprehensive discussion of investment issues relevant to investment trustees, such as governance policies, objectives, and performance assessments.

2017 Global Survey of Accounting Assumptions for DB Plans (Willis Towers Watson)
This report by Willis Towers Watson mainly explores economic assumptions for DB pension plans, especially mortality assumptions, due to increased longevity of participants.

Global Investment Management Fees: New Savings, New Challenges (bfinance)
New data from bfinance reveals an environment typified by the duality of falling fees across highly competitive sectors, yet new fashionable product launches such as unconstrained funds.

Aussie Superannuation: CIO and CEO salary survey (Investment Magazine)
This article from Investment Magazine provides details of CIO and CEO salaries across Australian super funds.

Options to Lose: How "sales" became "choice" and the impact on superannuation returns (Industry Super Australia)
ISA analysis of APRA ten year performance data shows an interesting result - funds offering fewer investment options performed better than funds that offered hundreds of options.

Not So Super, For Women: Super and Women's Retirement Outcomes (Per Capita)
Universal superannuation is a vital part of a system designed to give Australians a decent standard of living in retirement. Yet for millions of women, superannuation is failing. This comprehensive survey attempts to provide answers.

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